Presidential aspirant, Amama Mbabazi, has written to President Yoweri Museveni informing the NRM party chairman that he will not participate in the illegal NRM party elections.
Mbabazi informed the president that the party had resorted to illegal regulations, some of which prevented him from picking nomination forms for party primaries yesterday.
Through his lawyers, led by Fred Muwema, Mbabazi wrote last evening saying the party regulations that require an aspirant to pay a fee before aspiring in party elections is in direct conflict with the national constitution.
“Those rules are therefore illegal and unenforceable,” reads the letter in parts.
According to the new NRM regulations, a presidential aspirant is supposed to pay Shs 20m and Members of Parliament pay Shs 2m, a requirement Mbabazi protests.
When he demanded to look at the regulations, NRM Electoral Commission chairman, Tanga Odoi refused which prompted the suspicious Mbabazi to also reject paying the fee.
“In the premises, our client shall not willfully lend himself to any process that stifles his right and freedoms guaranteed by the constitution in the guise of complying with the illegal regulations for the NRM primary elections in 2015,” Amama’s lawyers say in his letter.
The letter adds: “First of all, there is legal requirement under any written law for one to pay fees before he aspires or obtains regulations for party primary elections. The demand therefore that our client pays nomination fee before he obtains nomination forms or party regulations is both illegal and repugnant.”
On his social media page, Mbabazi said he spoke with his comrade Odoi about the nomination process and believes that “before you pay for something, you must know what it is you are paying for”.
We are yet to get the resolutions made by NRM Central Executive Committee that met last evening to discuss the matter.